Fall Family Retreat

Thank you to the families who participated in last year’s retreat. We look forward to the next on Oct 4-6, 2019 and welcome new families to join the fun!

2019 destination

This fun getaway focused on families with children provides space for making deeper connections: with each other, with nature, and with God.  There is time to read, do homework, share games, go on hikes, talk, canoe, play, explore and meet new friends.

Koinona Retreat Center
South Haven, MN 55382


Housing for two nights, three meals on Saturday and two on Sunday is $115 per adult and $60 per child (ages 5-16).  Children under 5 are free.  There is an added charge for the Friday dinner (Accommodations section below).  Scholarships are available for those in need of financial help to be able to attend.

RSVP is due by September 15 with fees due by October 4 (the first day of retreat). To save your spot, return this form.


fun activities to enjoy!

  • Canoeing

  • Paddle Boats

  • Walk the Labyrinth

  • Hiking Tails and Nature Walks

  • Pontoon Boats (available for rent)

  • Campfire by the Lake

  • Foosball, Billiards & Ping Pong

  • Swing Set Playground

  • Bird Watching

  • Board Games

  • Basketball or Volleyball

  • Sauna


Individual rooms for families with two twin beds.  Families of 4 or more are welcome to use additional rooms.  Bathrooms are down the hall from the bedrooms.  Bed linens, blankets, and pillows are provided, with families providing their own towels and toiletries.

Meals are included and served buffet-style, with lots of options for people with different tastes and diets.  As an added bonus, Barb Westman, Central’s Wednesday Lunch Chef, will be hosting dinner on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at her home - just down the shoreline from Koinonia.  There is an added cost of $10 per adult to participate.  Children are free.


Frequently Asked Questions


Are selective eaters (such as vegans or vegetarians) welcome?

Yes!  Meals are served buffet-style, with lots of options for people with different tastes and diets.



My spouse isn’t as comfortable at church as I am.  Will they be welcomed?  Will they be required to participate in things? 

Yes, they are welcome and no, no one is forced to participate in any of the activities.  Schedules are  purposely light to allow families room to do as they wish.



Are scholarships really available, and what do I need to do?

Yes, scholarships are available.  Simply contact Katie Morris, Children & Youth Ministry Coordinator to make arrangements.



We cannot arrive until Saturday morning – should we still come?

Yes! Many people have come to love dinner at Barb’s house on Friday night, and some people stay into the afternoon on Sunday.  But others will arrive late or leave early.



Where can I learn more?  How do I register?



I still have questions.  Who can I speak with?